I can’t remember, but I believe I predicted this precise development back on the Xanga blog.
A Houston man has been arrested after Google sent a tip to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children saying the man had explicit images of a child in his email, according to Houston police. The man was a registered sex offender, convicted of sexually assaulting a child in 1994, reports Tim Wetzel at KHOU Channel 11 News in Houston. “He was keeping it inside of his email. I can’t see that information, I can’t see that photo, but Google can,” Detective David Nettles of the Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce told Channel 11. After Google reportedly tipped off the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the Center alerted police, which used the information to get a warrant.
I was actually expecting a bit more anger from the Slashdot commenters, but it looks like that crowd’s been cowed. It’s all “I don’t support child molesters, but this makes me a little nervous…”
After the personal firearm, the existence of the internet plus encryption is one of the most dangerous technology combinations ever to threaten the traditional social pyramid. TPTB are wracking their brains and working their NSA neanderslaves night and day to subvert the enterprise. Information is power.
As for kiddy fiddlers, I expect you can guess at my opinions with reasonable accuracy.